A Barrier Impeding Lifestyle Design for Us


vive sin miedo by smeerch


So you wake up one morning, and it’s one of those mornings you hear that voice saying, “I hate Mondays, Mondays, Mond…” “I don’t want to go to work, but I gotta pay the bills.” “Every day is the same grind, over and over until Friday comes” and you start looking at the clock in the office “Four more hours, two more, 15 minutes” pheww…

Finally it’s the weekend! I don’t have to go in to work tomorrow, or get yelled at by my boss for the next two days. Sound familiar? Sounds like this guy needs lifestyle design.

My story was quite similar; nothing exciting, just the same routine lifestyle every week, except that instead of being a 9-5 it was a 9-9. It suckeddddddddddddd….

I don’t know what kept me going back the next day, certainly it wasn’t the money. At first it was fun. You know, new job, new boss, POSITIVE people, and all that good stuff that comes with a new job. After a while, it was just a grind.

Most of us dream of having the dream job right after college or building a business, but little do we know that we’re about to go through some tough shit.

We won’t have that dream job.

That business idea never comes to us.

We’ll have a ton of debt from college. (I have 24k.) If you didn’t know that, now you do.

And life won’t be as easy as we thought it was going to be.

You know what’s the great thing though? We CAN change all these assumptions and do the opposite of what we think life is going to be. You can have that dream job you’ve dreamed about-if you know the right strategies. Fighting debt doesn’t have to be hard, you just need to sell all your crap. And you can start an online business and start making thousands a month.

So why don’t we do it? The way I picture it is this way: you’re at a fork in the road, a road to your left and one to your right. One road is the Shitty Life and the other one is the Good Life. But one thing stops us from going either way and we stay at the fork. We get fearful and we start having doubts.


“Always do what you are afraid to do.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s okay to have fear, it actually makes us human. Have you ever heard that big ass dude say he’s not afraid of anything? Trust me I bet he’s afraid of something; probably an itty-bity spider, but he’s afraid to say it. Oh he is afraid, isn’t he?

Most of us have something holding us back, some sort of fear. The mistake we make is letting it linger for too long, sometimes until it’s too late and then we kick ourselves and say “I wish I would have…bla bla blah”

What we need to do is realize that fear is good; yea sometimes it stops us from doing stupid things. But we should not always allow it to creep up and stop us from doing something that could change our life. You and I are human, we can’t be perfect, we will fail, we’ll get rejected, and that’s okay. But we shouldn’t let fear be the barrier to our success.

We need to beat our fear, once we do we see there wasn’t anything to be afraid of in the first place. I was afraid of roller coasters until I got on one. Now I love them. Lachlan was afraid of bungee jumping, look at him now.

Beating the “Oh another Monday”

I remember sometimes when I was a kid someone saying, “Kid, enjoy your life while you’re young, because once you become an adult, you need to get a job and pay bills and be responsible.” Man did life as an adult sound miserable. Yea I’m cool with the whole thing about paying your bills and stuff, but where in the hell did it say that life had to suck when you’re older?

My point here is that you don’t have to live Monday to Monday or from one 9-5 to another 9-5 all your life. Starting a business is possible nowadays more than before. But you need to start taking risks and confronting your fears. If you’re not afraid of next week being the same as this week, then you’re comfortable where you are. If you don’t have any goals written down, you are not challenging yourself.

What Lifestyle Design has to Offer?

Is lifestyle design for you? I don’t know. It might be, if you don’t want to keep dreading going into work everyday and counting the hours and minutes until your break or the end of the day.

The pros about lifestyle design: Ability to create a hands off online business that generates a part-time soon to be full-time income, ability to work anywhere (coffee shop, home, library, oversees,…etc…), freedom of time, ability to become a travel hacker, and the power to work as much as you want, not have to.

The cons:People think you’re crazy for thinking such things, and….I can’t think of any other ones.

If you don’t know anything about lifestyle design yet or think its a bunch of bologna or you just don’t trust Colombians, that’s fine just go ask some of my friends on the web:

Tim Ferriss from the four hour workweek, he’s basically the man when it comes to LD.

Pat Flynn from smart passive income, makes more money on the web than you can imagine

Corbet Barr from think traffic, built a lifestyle business in only 18 months

John Chow, designed his lifestyle through blogging

Naomi Dunford, will help you market your business, the best fucking way.

Robb Sutton, built a full-time income blogging about bicycles.

David Risley, who’s been doing it for 10 years now.

Chris Guillebeau, who travels the world and still is able do business in any corner of the world.

Sterling and Jay, who make a living teaching other how to make a living online.

What now?

Now is the time to decide whether you’re going to do something about it and challenge yourself and do bigger things, things that scare you, or keep living the shitty lifestyle. They don’t even have to scare you, they could be things you’ve just been putting off.

I challenge you today to go do just one thing. It can be something simple. For example, if you’re a blogger, go write that awesome guest post that’s going to grow your site’s audience by 100 readers. If you’ve been wanting to start blogging, go buy yourdomainname.com. If you’ve been wanting to get a raise or change jobs go do it, don’t live in fear anymore. If you’ve been wanting to travel around the world, don’t wait for retirement.

What’s your fear? Don’t be AFRAID to say it in the comments.

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Here’s what some entrepreneurs said about fear

heroic destiny

David Crandall

My fear is that I’ll reach the end of my life, look back, and regret. Seeing failures in my past doesn’t bother me that much (I’m old enough to be able to look back and see those now). But looking back and wondering what could have happened if I had done something…now that is a fearful thing.Failure? Phshh! Regret? Be very afraid. 😉

delel onibalusi
Dele Onibalusi
My only fear is the future, I don’t know what it will bring and I’m
always doing my best not to be controlled by it.
james schipper
James Schipper
The fear of failure is cliche because it’s the one everyone has!

Actually, I think more accurately, we have a fear of uncertainty. EVERYTHING would be easier if we could know the outcome in advance. There are all kinds of cliches about that:
“Hindsight is 20/20”
“If I only had a crystal ball”
“What would you try if you knew you could not fail?”
Those are sayings for a reason! The only thing we really don’t know is what is going to happen. It’s easy to know what has already come to pass. It already happened! It’s over now, so we know what happened.
Whether our business idea will take off, our blog will be ridiculed for it’s amateurish design, someone will call us names, or if we’ll get run down by a milk truck while crossing the street tomorrow are all things that could happen.
While we may not hide at home in fear of that milk truck gone rogue each day, we all have fears in one form or another. In most cases, the fear turns out worse in our heads, and never ends up as bad as our imaginations build them up.
And they are always related to that uncertainty about something. You can’t know everything. You can’t know the future. Make reasonable amount of preparation (you’ll never be 100% prepared), and just give it a go.
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Another quote popular for very good reason 😉
robb sutton
Robert Sutton
Fear of success can be just as debilitating. With success comes responsibility and accountability to others. You have to be ready and willing to take on those tasks as your dreams come true.

One Way We Can Improve Creativity

creativity through travel

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As I was working on one of my affiliate marketing projects, creativity was lacking this morning. Instead of searching on Google “ways to be creative” I decided to do some deep research on this topic.

All the time, I hear it; people saying…oh, if only I was as creative as you, or I would have never thought of something like that. Right? You’ve heard those people before, and that’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to be a genius or know about everything, but I do believe we all have the ability to do whatever we want.

So, anyway a few things that relate to the lifestyle design topic came across my screen. I found a post on spyrestudios, this was the title:

5 Reasons Travel Can Improve Your Design Work

These are the five reasons, but I still think you should read their post by clicking the link, if you want to get the points a lot better.

  1. You have more effective and focused work sessions
  2. You constantly get fresh inspiration
  3. You keep yourself easily motivated and excited
  4. You meet new designers and clients
  5. You keep your setup nice and clean

I’m sure there are more than five, but these five reasons made good sense to me. But, can going to new places, meeting new people and living a whole new lifestyle improve our creativity?According to that post, it does.

Here’s just one part that I found interesting:

“Rather, travel can indirectly improve your design work by improving yourself. When you become better/happier/more excited, your work becomes better as well. It’s like fuel for your brilliant work, and traveling constantly refuels you”

But that post wasn’t enough for me, so I kept looking for answers and I found the ideas of it, in action. I regularly visit TED.com just because I can never get enough of the brilliant minds that talk there, so here’s what I found.

Stefan is known all over the world for his design work for famous artist. But the cool thing about him is how he runs his business. Every seven years he takes a year long trip and closes his shop. He visits some new place and doesn’t take any work from his clients. I found the video quite interesting and funny too.

At one point he talks about how Google, 3M and other companies give their employees time off for personal use and how most of their creative work has come from employees own personal time creating what they want. example: 3M produced sticky notes, and Google created gmail out of employees free time, but don’t quote me on that.

So yea, it’s no surprise that Travel can create some amazing results and so can time off. If you use the time off to travel you might come up with new ideas and maybe the next Facebook or just that cool affiliate site that knocks people’s socks off and your competitors out of the water.

You say you can’t travel? Then join the travel hacking cartel and start earning free miles.

Have you been struggling with creativity lately? What other hacks do you know that get your creative juices going? Oh and for those who do travel, has travel inspired you in any way to produce anything? Let us know in the comments.

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Starting from Zero

Over the last two years my passion for tech has increased massively, and so has my knowledge of it. I love it!

When I first set up my WordPress blog, I felt smart as hell. I mean, c’mon really, how many people out there still need help setting up their email? Setting up a WordPress might seem easy for us techies/marketers/lifestyle designers/….okay I’m kidding I’m not all that.

God… I feel like I’m bragging and you’re not going to keep reading this post.

Believe me, I’m just writing from the heart. I’ve been reading this awesome book about drawing and another one about writing and they’ve inspired me in many different ways. I think anyone who reads them would enjoy them. Check them out: ‘Bird by Bird’ and “How To Draw Better.”

One thing I wish I was better at is with webdesign and programming. I know that if you want to learn anything you need to put the effort and really enjoy it. I can tell the people that enjoy what they do. A good example are those ninja’s at Hostgator (aff. link) or maybe those guys at Rackspace hosting; I haven’t hosted any site with them, I just hear they’re awesome. Anytime I mess with the code on my site, I just hit the chat with my people at Hostgator and I’m good. But I want to change that.

Or maybe not all that, I just want to be good at something else. Not just selling. We all know how you and I both hate salespeople, nothing against salespeople that love what they sell though. You others, sorry; yea you know who you are, find a product you like and believe in.

So why the new crave for learning?

I’ve always like learning new stuff and doing new things. I’ve probably had too many jobs in my life; I don’t regret any of them. As much as I hated selling vacuums I don’t regret it. They’ve all taught me something. The reason for the new crave, I say, it’s just me. I love it. I like challenges, and it’s only human. Why do you think there are so many How-to posts out there?

People want to know everything. I just had a thought as we speak and I went and looked it up. Like what’s a Weblog client? I had no idea such thing existed. There you go, now I know a little bit more about WP than I did before.

So this whole new crave I’ve realized is not just for me but FOR YOU! I want to learn these things more so I can teach it to others better. I get a lot of questions in my email inbox about blogging, affiliate marketing and all that good ol’ online business stuff.

Most of the times I just send them to my peers and let them explain how to do-what it is they want to do.

What’s your learning crave, what do you want to learn? and Why? Share it in the comments. What do your readers want to know if you’re a blogger?

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52 Places that Made me Become Location Independent

Before I found out about lifestyle design, location independence, digital nomad lifestyle or whatever you want to call it, I wanted to work from anywhere and live anywhere. Traveling has always been on my blood. My dad used to travel all year long when I was young and we never lived for more than 2 years in one location.

I haven’t had the opportunity to get on a plane or take a trip longer than a four hour drive in five years. Looking over some pictures on flickr inspired me to start thinking about travel again. They might inspire you too.

I borrowed most of these pictures from flickr; I found some great artists. It’s unbelievable what people can do with a little $1,000 camera.

Because of all these images these artist took, I’m inspired to discover new places in the next 10 years. Take a peek, maybe they’ll make you want to work from anywhere in the world and mix things up a little in your life.

Turkey- Hagia Sofia

Hagia Sofia at dawn by Oberazzi


Destination Marrakesh – Morocco by patrickmayon


sydney by EmBe79


South Africa, Cape Town Sunset by Mediatejack


Postcard from Madagascar Alex 77


Dining Area – Sabi Sabi South Africa by Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve


Africa 1987.1 by anoldent


State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia by ∙Andrew∙


otranto, italy by paolo margari


the colosseum by forthrock


La Tomatina (25.08.2010) / Spain, Buñol by flydime


Monaco Oceanarium by neilalderney123


Sanctuary of Santa Luzia – Portugal by caese


The Parthenon, Athens by Christopher Chan


Castelu Peles, Sinaia, Romania by Chodaboy


Approaching London by Stuck in customs


Sunrise over Farm – HDR by Etrusia UK


Stockholm Cathedral by linkahwai


10 seconds late by ‘PixelPlacebo’


National Museum in Prague by theodevil

Austria-St. Gallenkirch

Austria – St. Gallenkirch / Silvretta Montafon (Silvretta Nova) by vtveen


Lago Pehoe y Los Cuernos by twiga269

Buenos Aires-Argentina

Buenos Aires by Gustavo Brazalle


Salto de la mano by coba


Rio de Janeiro/RJ (Pão de Açucar) by dih =)


Machu Picchu, Peru by szeke


Plaza San Francisco by Kevin Lebianco


Cabalgata – 52 Feria de Cali 2009 by corfecali


(un) stress by HRC


The Treetop Temple Protects Kyoto by stuck in customs


Geeks On A Plane resident Tai Chi & Kung Fu master on great wall of China by kk+


Dessert Fun by Moe M


Bali : Sanur Beach Painter : by zoompick


Indian House Boat by Dido


krabi by matt caplin


Langkawi Sky Bridge by Jim Boud


Aurora Borealis – Bear Lake, Alaska by Trodel


Swanky Beach Bar by CasadeQueso


Downtown Dallas from the Flower Market by Stuck in Customs


New York New York in Las Vegas by werkunz


The Blue Yonder by .craig


My Kind Town by Stuck in Customs


Music City by thomashawk


solace by katiew


Presidents North Carolina Gave the Nation – Union Square in Raleigh, NC by joanna8555


A 1400 year old Angel by reellady


Oak Alley Plantation by Gaensler


waves by papalars


Atardecer en el Horseshoebend, Horseshoebend sunset by Vvillamon

New England

Newport Bridge by rawhead


Textbreak by moriza

San Francisco-California

San Francisco – Cable Car HDR by Maschinenraum

So, did you like them? I’m currently discovering ways to work from my home office and sharing it with others, so you can also make the switch to a location independent life too, if that’s what you want. Most of the information you’ll find here will be related to lifestyle design, digital nomads, location independence, and ways to build your online business so you can live the life you dream.

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Any images you’d like to share, that inspired you to travel? Share them on the comments, just be relevant and post legit links, pretend this is your home. How would you treat it?